Greetings, sorry for the delay in updating my garden activities. This spring has been very challenging weather wise. We had one of the coldest Aprils here in Indianapolis followed the warmest May on record. Adding to the hot May, I have had not had anywhere close to normal rainfall in my garden since about the middle of May. The spring planted onions and peas suffered the most in the dry and hot conditions. The peas did not produce at all as the vines withered and died in the intense heat. The onions suffered a bit as well due to the lack of rain. It looks like my onion crop this year will be a little smaller than normal. The spring planted lettuce did okay. All of the remaining lettuce plants have bolted and were pulled up, except for the ones I am letting go to seed for seed saving. The broccoli and kohlrabi grew fine this spring. All of the kohlrabi has now been harvested along with all of the broccoli main heads. The broccoli is now continuing to produce side shoots. The spring planted celery has also struggled a bit in the hot and dry weather. Harvest has started on the Red Norland potatoes growing in the fabric bags. The potato production from these bags seems to be fairly good this year despite the heat and dry conditions. I was watering these bags every other day to keep them from drying out. The warm season plants, including the corn, cucumbers, peppers, beans, and tomatoes are really starting to grow now. I will start harvesting green beans very soon. Unfortunately, my Roma tomato plants have started to develop a leaf disease. The Hungarian Wax peppers (Hot Banana Pepper) are growing like mad right now and I have been harvesting some of these already. Harvest has also started on the cucumbers. The Silver Queen corn is growing really well and the silks have started to form. The corn will probably be ready to harvest in another 3 weeks or so. The japanese beetles have arrived with a vengeance. Luckily, they are not doing much damage to my vegetable garden, other than the fact that I have seen them on the corn silks. Summer is flying by pretty fast now. Now is the time to start planing your fall garden. I planted my fall seeds of lettuce, broccoli, kohlrabi, cabbage, and cauliflower in cell packs on July 5th. I am waiting for them to germinate inside and then will move them outside to my covered back porch. The seedlings should be ready to transplant out into the garden starting the first or second week of August. I will be planting carrot seeds out into the garden by the first week of August. I have posted some pictures of my garden below. Happy Summer Gardening!!
Very Tall Silver Queen Corn Growing in a Raised Bed
Onions Pulled and Drying
Hot Banana Peppers Ready for Harvesting
Roma Tomatoes Starting to Turn Red
I have returned to my garden blog from a year long hiatus. Lets get right to it. The weather this spring in Central Indiana has been very cold and wet. It seems that the weather has finally turned more normal. Because of all the cold weather, the garden is a little behind schedule. I was able to get my lettuce seedlings planted out into the garden a few weeks ago. They seem to do be growing fine right now, but I am probably at least another 2 weeks from harvesting anything from them right now. My over wintered Sierra lettuce did remarkably well, and I have been harvesting this lettuce for 2 weeks now. Harvest has also begun on the my overwintered top setting onions. These green onions are fantastic tasting this year, probably due to all of the cool early spring weather we have had so far. I was able to get my other onion transplants into the garden pretty early this year (about the 3rd week in March). After planting these, it promptly snowed about a foot and buried them. They seemed to come out of it fairly well and have started to get growing recently. I planted seed potatoes in fabric bags about two weeks ago, planted out the broccoli and kohlrabi seedlings out into the garden about one week ago, and planted brussels sprout seedlings a few days ago. Because of the cold wet soils, I delayed planting the peas until about the middle of April. They have since germinated and are doing fine. I will be planting the rest of my garden (celery, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans) within the next few days. The corn was planted in the raised bed on May 5th. Happy Spring Gardening!!
Overwintered Sierra Lettuce Awaiting Harvesting, 4-26-18
Spring Lettuce Seedlings, 5-5-18
Top Setting Onions Ready for Harvesting, 5-5-18
Candy and Red River Onion Transplants Starting to Grow, 5-5-18
The 2017 gardening season has officially started in my garden. The weather so far this spring has been pretty good, with the exception of a very cold spell in early and mid March.
About 100 Onion transplants from Dixondale Farms were planted out into the garden around the last week of March. Lettuce seedlings were transplanted out into the garden on April 8 under a plastic covered hoop. Hopefully I will be able to harvest some of the lettuce leaves in another 10 days. Pea seeds were planted in the first week of April and radish seeds were planted out the second week of April. Planted seed potatoes (variety Red Norland) out into 8 grow bags on April 9. I plan on transplanting the kohlrabi, broccoli, and brussels sprout seedlings out into the garden within the next few days. I have been harvesting the fall planted top setting onions, for green onions, for about a week. Harvest will continue on those for about another 3 weeks or so (see pic below). I will be moving my pepper seedlings to larger pots very soon. They will continue to be kept in the cold frame for about another 3 weeks or so. Will also be planting my cucumbers seed in small pots which will also reside in the cold frame until the chance of frost has ended. Happy Spring Gardening!!
Top Setting Green Onions Harvested on April 14, 2017
My 2016 Fall Garden has turned out really well!! I started harvesting broccoli about the 3rd week in September, but harvest has ended after the hard freeze of last week. I covered the cabbage, cauliflower, and kohlrabi with row covers and they came through the cold just fine and I am still harvesting them (see pics below). The kohlrabi is giant, with some about double the size of a softball. Here is what I have been harvesting in the garden this fall: lettuce, radish, green onions, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, and broccoli. My carrots are not doing all that well this fall, but I do still have them growing under a plastic covered hoop. I should get some harvest from those in about another month or so. With luck, I should continue to harvest some kohlrabi and cabbage over the next few weeks. Spring is about 3 months away, but I have already started to receive a few seeds catalogs in the mail. Happy Late Fall Gardening!!
Giant Kohlrabi Still Growing in the Garden on 11-10-16
Cauliflower Awaiting Harvest on 11-10-16
Kohlrabi and Cabbage Growing in Grow Bags on 11-10-16
It has been a very challenging growing season so far. Many issues have plague my garden this year, from too much rain in the early spring, to too little rain in the middle part of the summer, to flooding rains in August. Also, garden pest and diseases have also been an issue, from cabbage worms and bean beetles, to blackheart on the celery, and septoria leaf spots on my roma tomatoes. Despite all of these challenges, I have been able to get a fair harvest from my garden. Overall, harvest has been below normal. Here are my overall results so far:
Onions: Candy yellow onions did pretty well, Red River red onions, pretty poor
Beans: Derby bush beans below average due to bean beetles and weather. King of the Garden pole lima crop failure. I am leaning toward not growing these anymore as I cannot get the vines to produce beans.
Lettuce: Decent spring harvest.
Peppers: Fair Hot Banana harvest, poor green pepper harvest, fair Poblano and Super Chili harvest so far.
Tomato: Roma tomatoes poor harvest due to leaf disease.
Celery: decent early on but all plants developed blackheart disease and died by early August.
Corn: Silver Queen corn harvest fair.
Cucumber: Diva cucumber harvest fair.
Potato: Red Norland harvest in raised beds was fair, very good in fabric bags.
Broccoli (Spring): Decent
Kohlrabi (Spring): Kossack kohlrabi pretty good, Kohlibri kohlrabi crop failure.
Pea: Mr Big pea, fair harvest.
Radish (spring): fair harvest.
The fall garden is fully planted and growing right now. The early August planted carrot seeds were washed away with the flooding rains, so I replanted. Most have now germinated, but the carrots are pretty small right now. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kohlrabi seedlings are now growing in the late summer/early fall garden (see pics below). With decent weather I should have a good fall harvest this year. The first fall frost is only about 3 to 4 weeks away now. Happy Fall Gardening!!
Broccoli and Kohlrabi, 9-16-16
Cauliflower “Snow Crown” Hybrid, 9-16-16
Sierra Lettuce, 9-16-16
Broccoli, Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Green Onions and Radish, 9-16-16
Late Planting of “Derby” Bush Green Beans Almost Ready for Harvest, 9-16-16
Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Cabbage, 9-16-16
Two Giant 5 Foot Tall Poblano Pepper Plants, 9-16-16